Cowboys!

Two cowboy things happened after the recent post about Greg, the pace cowboy.

First, I investigated something Greg said: “…I’ve actually thought about taking down that ‘Cowboy Marathon’ record that was set at the London Marathon (3:09) as I’m pretty sure I could do that, jeans, hat and all!”

Um…did this cowboy marathon record involve jeans? Guess what? It did! Meet Rik Vercoe. His race history is pretty darn impressive. His Guinness Record is kick-ass. His quote after his record-breaking run:

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“I have to say that running dressed in blue jeans and leather chaps was not the best of ideas on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Needless to say I will indeed be walking like a cowboy for at least a week.”

So great, right?

And then there was this:

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And the picture of this other cowboy taken by Tiffany at ThoroughlyThriving:

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Follow the pace cowboy!

Ladies and Gentleman! I want to introduce you to Greg, the first pacer we have seen IN JEANS! He paced the Calgary Marathon 10K on May 31st.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and the mini-Q&A session as much as I did. And know that it is impossible for you to love him as much as I do. #JustSayin

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1.    What gave you the idea of running dressed as a cowboy/in jeans?

Earlier in the spring, I hurt my Achilles tendon so I wasn’t racing; my coach’s orders in fact were to skip the Calgary 10k race. Of course I told her I wouldn’t “race”….which to me meant I had to find another reason to run it as I didn’t want to miss out on the day’s festivities. I had the idea of doing a Western look, especially since it’s Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I did a trial run 24 hours before just to make sure the outfit was “runnable” and heard a few honking horns as people saw me running along the pathways in jeans and a hat.

2.    What were some of the questions/comments from spectators and runners?

SignI think the cameras were following me before the race because I kept getting people wanting to take their picture with me and race officials were commenting, “You’re racing in THAT???!”….to which of course I answered them, “No, I’m the 45-minute Pace Cowboy” as I had the sign pinned to my back. On the course, I definitely heard a lot of “OMG’s” and “Wow, look at that guy!” I also got a lot of “Wow, I feel bad because a guy in jeans beat me in the race!”

3.    How bad was the chafing?

There was ZERO chafing. The biggest issue I found was that the jeans and shirt held in the moisture and felt a little heavy towards the end and the felt cowboy hat held in moisture like crazy! Here is a picture of me near the finish line, note the sweat on my head as the hat held it all in!

Sweat4.    Any advice for others who want to be as awesome as you and give running in jeans a try?

When it comes to giving advice for running in jeans, I think the two big things are: 1) Make sure they’re a comfortable pair of jeans – I couldn’t imagine running in skinny jeans or something that cut off circulation and 2) Take a test run to get a good feel – learn how they flex, how they might feel heavier after a few miles, and what to expect when you do a race in your jeans. Knowing what I know now, I’ve actually thought about taking down that “Cowboy Marathon” record that was set at the London Marathon (3:09) as I’m pretty sure I could do that, jeans, hat and all!

Like I said, go ahead and give it a whirl, but there is no way you can love him as much as I do.

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Ready for another smile today?

NorthernEchoFrom The Northern Echo:

Richy Wade, from Darlington, attended the [Newton Aycliffe 10k] at the town’s Greenfield Community College with his family to take part in the 3k fun run which takes place alongside the main race.

After completing the short course, he decided to watch the 10k runners set off – and got so excited he joined in, even though he had not registered in advance.

He ended up running the route in a highly creditable time of 49 minutes – while wearing jeans and clutching his number from the fun run in his hand.

h/t to Mike over at Running Is Funny

A quick lesson on jogging in jeans

Good morning, Class. Welcome.

Davide, a follower from Italy, has been brightening my days by sending me pictures of himself running in a variety of costumes.* He REALLY made my day last month when he sent pictures from the Dieci Miglia di Maria Luigia (Google Translate helped me out: Maria Luidia 10 Miler).

Look closely at the pictures below. Davide does everything right: jorts, belt, dress shirt, big smile, and then sent race photos to me at JoggingJeans@gmail.com. Learn from this star student.

Class dismissed.

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Jorts2The second photo sure looks like a good one for a JoggingJeans.com Motivational Poster background. Anyone wanna take a stab at creating the next one?

* As a result of Davide’s dedication to making me happy, I am dedicating three full weeks (!) over at BestRaceCostumes to his race costume photos. Head over there now and enjoy.

Of course I will kiss you, Mr. Jort-Wearing Irishman

There is something about St. Patrick’s Day races that makes people think, “I will run in jorts.” In the past, this happened. And then, over the weekend in Pensacola, FL, there was this:

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Wonder if she would have been faster than @DavidRoadRunner without the jorts?

HeroBecause there IS evidence of the real running power of denim. And more here for those of you that still aren’t convinced.

I don’t know you, but I love you. Lots.

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A race with a Jazziest Jorts Award

Trish told me about it. I told you about it. The Canton Liberty Run was held on June 14th. The theme was is “Stars, Stripes, and Jorts.”

Despite my rockin’ cyber searching skilz, I was only able to find a few pictures from the event. Fortunately, they are FABULOUS pictures:

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Race Directors! It is TIME for a denim-only run. Contact me. I have a bazillion brilliant ideas swimming around in my head.

Get your denim. Get your scissors. Cut your denim. Wear your denim. Run in your denim. #JortsMile2014

Can I say again how much I LOVE the guys and gals over at Wingate University? The second annual Jorts Mile was yesterday and here are some teaser photos to keep you entertained until I can get my hands on more.

The SIGN! The sign is made out of pairs of jeans!

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The TROPHIES! The trophies for the winners!

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The RUNNERS!

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So magnificent! Wanna bet that the smile on my face is bigger than yours?

If you missed the ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC photos from last year’s race, check them out here.

Races that MUST be on your calendars + More

There are three upcoming races that you MUST know about:

  1. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE group of denim runners are again heading to the Kelly St. Patrick’s Shamrock 5K this year with the team name of “Suns Out Jorts Out.” If you are in the Baltimore area on March 16th, head to the race, look for the group of people wearing jorts with smiles on their faces and beer in their hands.
  2. JHMMy new friends over at Wingate University are doing it again! The 2014 Wingate Jorts Mile will be held on the Wingate campus (North Carolina) on April 24th. The pictures from last year’s inaugural race were AMAZING and even led to my How to Guide for Running a Denim-Themed Race.
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  3. And, finally, Trish (@runfreetrl) shared with me a race going on in her town of Canton, MI on June 14th, the Canton Liberty Run. The theme this year is “Stars, Stripes, and Jorts.” Here is the good part:

JortsI want pictures, lots and lots of pictures.

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The “+ More” = My Absence

What’s up, Friends? I am sorry that I have been slacking in my posts. I have a good excuse though: I quit a job that was sucking the life out of me. An entire department of smart, educated professionals were micromanaged, treated unfairly, and bullied (strong word, I know, but it is appropriate). I only had the job for 8 months and knew it was time to go. I was fortunate to find another job right way – a FANTASTIC job with wonderful people where we are all valued and respected.

The stress associated with the change has taken a toll on me and this website was the thing that I had to temporarily let go. But all is good again in Jill-World. Thanks to all of you that reached out to see if I was okay. [hug]

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